Several medical marijuana facilities being proposed in western Mass.

GTI has interest in building growing facilities in Palmer and West Springfield

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)- Palmer’s Town Council this week approved GTI Massachusetts to build a medical marijuana growing facility in Palmer.

GTI wants to renovate the old maple tree industrial building at 21 Wilbraham Street. The proposed growing facility would ship to a dispensary in Holyoke. GTI also has interest in building a growing facility in West Springfield. Not everyone in town thinks that’s a good idea.

“It’s a drug and there’s people being arrested for it. Why bring it in and have it in our atmosphere. Why have it at all,” said Ada Larriu of West Springfield.

West Springfield has not yet approved GTI, which hopes to ship product to a dispensary in Amherst. West Springfield has approved “Heka Health” to build a medical marijuana dispensary on 190 Interstate Drive.

The facility would be built on an empty lot next to Mount Tom Box. Mayor William Reichelt told 22News, construction of this facility may take up to 8 to 10 months to begin.

“We’re really going to limit now to two dispensaries,” said Mayor Reichelt. “From what we’ve talked to people, we don’t really want more than that. They’re on different parts of town so they won’t directly compete. It’s not something we’re going forward with to make it a drug zone, we want to make it a drug-free zone.”

Reichelt said the dispensary on Interstate Drive will take up two-thousand square feet. A second dispensary is being considered at a railroad production yard on Circuit Drive. Reichelt said GTI hasn’t yet submitted a cultivation application.

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